Monday, December 6, 2010

Judge To Actor Wesley Snipes: "Go directly to jail and do not pass go!"

The Christmas holidays can be a happy time or a sad time, depending upon your circumstances.  For actor Wesley Snipes, it appears it will be a sad time.  A federal judge has reportedly rejected his criminal defense attorney's "emergency" motion to delay Snipes' voluntary surrender - prison reporting date to begin serving his sentence for failing to file income tax returns.  Snipes had reportedly sought the delay so that he could be with his family and kids during the holidays.  However, the judge reportedly observed, in his order denying the request, that Snipes has had plenty of time to get prepared to report to prison and that being apart from one's family on special occasions is one of the inevitable consequences of all prison sentences.
Although every criminal case is different, as a former federal prosecutor, (and currently, as an Augusta, Georgia criminal defense lawyer), I would have bet the ranch that most judges would have denied such an "emergency" motion.  Don't you agree?

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